Best Place to Go Fish - 2009
Maybe there's something about the flotsam and jetsam that has accumulated among the pilings of Municipal Pier since it was built 78 years ago, but this 1,400-foot arc of crumbling concrete attracts an impressive bounty of sea creatures good enough to eat. Smelt, sole, sand dabs, cabezon, flounder, rockfish, skate, the occasional leopard shark, and perch (especially perch) are caught here annually, along with rock crab, perhaps the most delectable of all. (Not Dungeness crab, note: Poaching S.F.'s favorite crustacean from bay waters will net you a fine of up to $1,000.) Located within the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, the pier will be undergoing a long-overdue facelift to repair its cracked railings and other soft spots, but still welcomes joggers, strollers, and anyone with a rod, a line, and a little patience. No fishing license is required, and the view is nice, too.